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5 Health Benefits Getting An Air Purifier

Have you considered adding an air purifier to your home appliance lineup? You may have balked at spending the money, or at having yet another item draining electricity in your home, but these devices offer some clear health benefits. If you've wondered whether a portable or whole-home air purifier is worth the investment, here are some factors to consider.

Allergy Relief


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If you suffer from allergies, keeping your home clean and changing your HVAC filters might not be enough to prevent your symptoms from flaring up. Your air conditioner's filtration might be adequate to keep pollen out of the house, but irritants like pet dander and dust that are already in the air are harder to remove. An air purifier will help you reduce the concentration of dust, dander, and other allergens in your home significantly.

Asthma Control

Asthma sufferers should invest in an air purifier with a HEPA filter that will mechanically remove irritants from the air without creating ozone. Some non-HEPA devices work by reversing the charge of particles in the air but don't actually remove the particles. If you have a non-HEPA filter, be sure to dust and vacuum often to get those deactivated particles out of the room. Also consider upgrading to a HEPA model because they don't produce ozone, which is a lung irritant.

Reducing Second-Hand Smoke

While no device can completely remove the risks of second-hand smoke, a HEPA purifier can at least filter out the particles that are present in the smoke. If you are forced to live or work around smokers, a HEPA filter will at least mitigate your health risk.

Curbing Mold Spores

The standard of efficiency for true HEPA filters is that they must capture a minimum of 99.97% of pollutants at 0.3 microns. Mold spores range from one to five microns in size, so a HEPA filter should capture virtually all of the mold spores within its service range. Capturing airborne spores means the filter will protect you from inhaling them and might slow the mold's reproduction, but it will not eliminate mold from your home. You will still need to work on removing the mold and correcting the conditions that allowed it to grow.

Alleviate Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

People with multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) are plagued by reactions to a wide variety of household chemicals and odors. Air purifiers designed specifically for MCS therapy have a high volume of carbon to help them absorb more chemicals, odors, and gases from the air. MCS filters are also manufactured differently, using organic cotton for filtration and omitting glue and other solvents from the manufacturing process so they don't emit toxins that might cause more symptoms.

Air purifiers can be helpful in fighting allergies, asthma, second-hand smoke, mold spores, and MCS, but they have limitations. Portable units have a limited range, some purifiers emit ozone, and even the best HEPA filter can't remove all toxins or gases from the air. Research carefully before you invest in a purifier so you can be sure you're getting the one that's right for you.

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  1. I have been delaying to get this for my home as my wife has asthma attack once in a blue moon. I wonder how come the Indon haze didn't come over this year??

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